'Get your flu shot' Aussies told as coronavirus winter looms

Flu shots this year are even more crucial due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians have been warned.

'Get your flu shot' Aussies told as coronavirus winter looms

Flu shots this year are even more crucial due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians have been warned.

Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Michael Kidd said flu season starts in the next month and now is the time to prepare.

"Vaccines are especially important this year for people at increased risk of influenza," he said.

Flu vaccines are free for vulnerable people, including older Australians, young children, those with chronic conditions and Indigenous Australians.

Prof. Kidd said there was a current total of 6948 cases in Australia, with the death toll still at 97.

Eight new cases had been recorded in the past 24 hours, with none in the ACT, Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.

So far, 6179 people have recovered.

There are 49 people in hospital, with 16 in intensive care and 14 in ventilators.

"This is not a time to become complacent, there are very serious risks if overcrowding starts to occur," Prof. Kidd said.

"COVID-19 is still out there in our country."

He urged people to maintain physical distancing, avoid crowds, wash their hands and download the COVIDSafe app.

He said COVID-19 tracers - the "disease detectives" - would hopefully start using the gathered data in a couple of days.

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